Municipal Presentations

CCE Educators have been delivering brief presentations and materials to municipal boards in target watersheds thoughout the Hudson River estuary watershed. In 2013 alone, the outreach team delivered over 90 brief municipal presentations. The purpose of these presentations is to provide information about the project and to provide an overview of flooding causes, climate trends, impacts, and watershed resiliency strategies using research-based scientific information provided by Cornell University and other sources. Materials delivered to municipal board members during these presentations are listed below.

Recommendations for Stream and Flood Management in Dutchess County
Dutchess Area Environmental Science Advisory Network, September 2008
An excellent resource for any municipality in the Hudson Valley. Although this document was produced in Dutchess County, the recommendations are appropriate for all counties in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. The purpose of the recommendations is to assist communities as they consider various options in addressing flooding and potential stream management. The information provided is up-to-date and presented in a clear and concise way. All municipal personnel involved in flood and stream management are encouraged to read this document.
Click to download Climate Change Facts: The Earth’s Changing Climate
Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Have you noticed that trees are budding earlier in the spring, that summer heat waves are more common than they used to be, or that when it rains, it pours? What you are witnessing is part of a global change in the Earth’s climate. Scientists once thought climate change would take many generations to be felt, but instead we are already experiencing its dramatic effects. Historically, the Earth’s climate has fluctuated, but natural factors alone cannot explain today’s rapid pace of change. There is overwhelming evidence that an increase in gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is causing this transformation.
Climate Change Facts: New York’s Changing Climate
Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell Cooperative Extension
The Earth is warming and New York is too. Just as we are seeing unprecedented rates of change at the global level, we are also observing rapid change in New York, including rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns, with effects on the natural world and human health. Intense rains and floods, summer droughts, and heat waves are more common than they were in our grandparents’ time. New York’s climate will continue to change over the next 10, 20, and 100 years as detailed below.
Stand by Your Stream: Why Bother?
R. L. Schneider, Cornell University, Dept. of Natural Resources
You own a creek, perhaps by accident, perhaps because you love to fish or want to have fun with your kids. The truth is, you own much more. The adjacent streamside is not only an integral part of the stream but a unique habitat in itself. Most streamsides, or riparian zones, have historically been cleared for agriculture, reinforced for railways, cleared for development, and only occasionally been left alone. They have been viewed as barriers preventing access to the greater excitement of the stream. Yet, an intact and healthy streamside habitat serves many critically important functions. It deserves protection and good management.
Stand by Your Stream: Do’s and Don’ts
R. L. Schneider, Cornell University, Dept. of Natural Resources
Streamside habitats are integrally connected to the health and ecology of fish and other organisms within the stream and to many terrestrial species as well. Streamsides also help improve water quality. Protection of the streamside habitat is critical. Proper management, however, depends not only on maintaining the integrity of the streamside but also on controlling activities in the watershed surrounding it. These management issues can be considered under four broad categories.
Stand by Your Stream: A Team Effort
R. L. Schneider, Cornell University, Dept. of Natural Resources
Teamwork and careful planning are two key ingredients for the successful restoration of a streamside. Both elements are critical to avoid wasting money and considerable effort, and to reduce the chance of future problems. The following summary provides an overview of the steps needed to restore your streamside successfully.
Life at the Water’s Edge
Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan, Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, Summit Soil & Water Conservation District, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency
A colorful and informative guide about living in harmony with your backyard streams (new edition available soon).


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